PROGENY of the US sire TC Aberdeen were in strong demand at two major Angus sales last week.
At the Welcome Swallow sale at Benalla the NSW Waverley Station from Scone paid $16,000 for an 18-month-old Aberdeen son with very favourable estimated breeding values of +3.9kg for birthweight, +110kg for 600-day growth and +6.3sq cm for eye muscle area.
Co-principal Suzy Martin said TC Aberdeen's progeny helped produce the stud's best ever sale result with an average of $6325 on a complete clearance of 42 bulls.
Last year Welcome Swallow averaged $5600 at its autumn sale and $5000 at its spring sale.
"Breeders are finding that the Aberdeen bloodline is providing an ideal out-cross to the likes of Future Direction," Mrs Martin said.
She said while most of the bulls were sold to local commercial breeders, several of the bulls sold interstate to other studs.
Welcome Swallow also sold six Charolais bulls to a top of $6000 and an average of $4250.
In South Gippsland at Inverloch, Yancowinna principal Dennis Ginn reported what he described as a pleasing result on the clearance of 21 of 26 bulls to a top of $9500 and an average of $4448, which was $1032 better than last autumn's sale.
"Down our way, we are surrounded by dairy farmers and hobby farmers and there is not the same demand for bulls as there might be across other parts of the state," Mr Ginn said.
Like at Welcome Swallow, the top selling Yancowinna lot was a son of TC Aberdeen.
"TC Aberdeen is certainly ticking all the right boxes," Mr Ginn said.
Alan Jackson of Gippsgraze, at Inverloch, paid the top price at the Yancowinna sale.